This book is primarily intended to be used as an introductory reference for patients in pain as well as their family members. It also contains a great deal of information for the medically sophisticated patient or caregiver as well as certain topics that would be best understood by medical professionals or very medically sophisticated laymen such as medico-legal attorneys.
The people that will benefit most from this book will be patients and family members. This book puts complicated medical thought processes into simple, understandable terms. Few physicians or patients understand what happens when patients are referred to a “Pain Specialist”. This book will help to teach basic concepts of pain management to Physicians, Nurses, Podiatrists, Dentists, Chiropractors and other allied health professionals. This book is not intended to make “Pain Specialists” out of these groups, but it can help them to understand what we do and why we do it.
This book contains frank discussions of the most common complaints that a pain practitioner sees and treats. It walks the reader through symptoms, etiology (cause), diagnostic steps and treatment approaches. It also addresses a multitude of misconceptions and myths associated with painful conditions and pain management. The format is unique in that it is written primarily for pain patients and their caregivers, and yet it contains enough detail to keep the interest of medical professionals and sophisticated laymen.